looking back on 2018

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2018 was wonderful & scary & intense.

It was a year of coming to terms with the things I cannot change and trusting that whatever happens, I’ll be okay. It felt endless when I was in the midst of things but here we are now. I’m going to jump right in and share the things I did this year!

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poetry is magic (ft. snippets from my current project)

School ends in a few weeks and I am very much looking forward to it. Senior year of high school was difficult for multiple reasons but that is why I poured all of my heart & soul into my writing. There are days when poetry is all I can think about, days when I am sad (and stressed!) and it is all I have to hold onto. Poetry has become a source of comfort, hope, and inspiration. I draw strength from it. In short, poetry has become something like magic to me.

A few months ago, I promised to share my writing more often and to revive my newsletter, fleet-footed thoughts. With the arrival of summer, I can finally keep both of those promises. For the last six months, I have been working on drafting the first fifteen poems of my chapbook, Visible Things. Today, I’ll be sharing lines from some of those poems.

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beautiful people #26 ft. my writing process

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HI EVERYONE!

Now that summer break has arrived, I finally have more time to blog and write. This year, I decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time ever. I’m usually traveling during July but this time I’m spending the summer at home so I decided to make some progress in writing my book. I have never won NaNoWriMo before although I have attempted it several times (and regretted it). Bad decisions were made people. Anyway, I checked Cait’s blog, Paper Fury, for the eighth time today and realized I should do Beautiful People!! I’ve intended to join in for awhile (ever since I did it back in 2016) but either forgot or didn’t have time. 

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Writing Goals for 2016!

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writing things i tried did this year:

  1. I made a writing blog! So far I’ve only posted poetry but once I’ve finished editing a few short-stories, I’ll probably be sharing those too. (Oh and I share poetry on ello as well!)
  2. Some of my poetry was published by literary magazines (ie. Scrittura). 
  3. I tried to do NaNoWriMo..and only managed to write 18K words.. 

I feel like I haven’t accomplished that much this year but that kind of makes sense because 10th grade has been busy and stressful and I have no idea what I’m doing most of the time.

I know I’m going to be getting busier next year…but I may as well set a few goals for myself, the most important one being to finish everything I start. I know that sounds pretty easy.. but the truth is that I haven’t finished any of my novels yet. 

writing goals

  1. Finish the first draft of Vivid. 
  2. Start writing & posting (more) chapters of Deadline on wattpad.
  3. Maybe draft another novel for NaNoWriMo

(possibilities…)

If I do try writing another novel, here are the retellings I will be choosing from:

  • Retelling based on the Ramayana (a Hindu epic I was absolutely obsessed with as a child). It would be from the perspective of Sita and I’m probably going to mess experiment with the storyline.
  •  Lesbian sleeping beauty retelling. I doubt nobody has written this before but I think I could find ways to make it more interesting/original (maybe make it more modern?)
  • Gender-bender retelling of Little Mermaid or Cinderella. I’ve actually never read one of these but I think it would be fun to write.

So how has your year been? Do you have any (writing) goals?

Snazzy Snippets | NaNoWriMo Edition

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Snazzy Snippets is an awesome bimonthly link-up for writers. It’s hosted by Emily @ Loony Literate and Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout. It’s a great opportunity to share snippets of your writing (500 words or less).

This month I am participating in NaNoWriMo (find out more about my novel here). I have written about 11,000 words so far and the pinterest board will hopefully keep me from running out of inspiration! Without further ado, I am going to go ahead and share snippets from my WIP: Vivid. 

A snippet without dialogue

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A snippet featuring a friend/family member

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A snippet that took FOREVER to write

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I admit these snippets are very rough indeed (but my first drafts are very messy) so I hope you guys enjoyed reading these snippets anyway. Now time for a bit of context! 

The first snippet is from the start of chapter 1 and sort-of describes a dream Radha has about her girlfriend. I’m was intentionally vague when I wrote it but now I’m not sure whether I should flesh it out more. The second snippet is from the end of the first chapter – my main character, Radha, isn’t feeling so great and she feels like her sister is very annoying (and later, insensitive).  I didn’t really know what to do for the last snippet because the words have come to me pretty easily this first week..so I ended up picking the snippet that took (comparatively) longer to write. It took me awhile because I wasn’t sure whether to “expose Damien and Ming’s relationship or have him tell her. For the sake of conflict (and to prevent me from falling asleep while editing), I ended up having Radha walk in on their make out session. 

You can add me as a writing buddy here & check out my pinterest board here

So are you participating in NaNoWriMo? And if so, how is that going for you? Tell me about your WIPs (is progress slow)? And well, how was your day??

Monthly Recap: October

Hi guys!

October was my “birthday month” (I’m 16 now!) but it had it’s fair share of stresses. The PSAT wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be (but I’m pretty sure I didn’t ace it). This month, I also finally started organizing some of my “online” things: I made an ello account and a poetry/prose blogI was also busy planning my nanowrimo novel (and fooling around on pinterest of-course).

Blog Posts

What To Expect | Updates & Features

Beautiful Books #1 // Introducing My NaNo WIP

Mini-Reviews | DNF Edition

So turns out that all the writing I was doing in my free time did indeed lead to me blogging less. But on a happier note, I definitely put a lot of time & effort into each of the posts I published last month. I’ll try not to disappear this month but I get the feeling that my absence is inevitable considering I’ll be buckling down & trying to hit that 50K for NaNoWriMo (add me as a writing buddy!)

October TBR Recap / Books I Read

Remember how I mentioned that I’m a mood reader..well I kind of didn’t really read most of the books I planned to – that is to say I only finished one book from the “tbr pile” I made last month: Bone Gap. I gave it 5 stars because it was FABULOUS. But I think I had a pretty good reading month. (I didn’t even encounter any 2 star reads!..Or if I did, I ditched them.)

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On Instagram

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I actually got around to posting some photos this month (and dare I say the first one is just a bit artsy?). The third photo is a reference to my obsession with temporary tattoos (a gift from a friend) and the second photo was taken on the night of my birthday! 

So that was my October! How was your month? Did you guys end up exploring something new (online or IRL)?